After testing virtually all the different brands of straw pellets on the market for their suitability for mushroom growing, these starw pellets are by far the best. They have excellent rehydration and moisture holding properties, taking around an hour to obtain full absorption.
Rehydration Guidelines: 2.5 times the pellets weight in water, e.g. 500g pellets to 1250ml of water.
Spawning or Inoculation Rate: 250g to 500g of sawdust spawn per 1kg of dry pellets (the more spawn used, the quicker colonisation will be and there will be less chance of contamination).
Inoculation: The most effective way to inoculate the pellets is to distribute and mix the spawn with the dry pellets, transfer to the container and then re-hydrate as above. The advantage of this ‘no-mix’ method is that the mycelium will get a head start on any germinating mold spores leading to less chance of contamination.